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Nifty pass

Despite pressure from a Wayzata Jr. Gold defender, Fort Frances Canadians’ forward Cameron Gobeil made a nifty back-handed pass to a teammate in the third period of the visitors’ 7-4 win yesterday morning at the Ice For Kids Arena during the fifth-annual Gus Lindberg Memorial Midget ‘AA’ tournament. The Gold took home the tournament title, with the Canadians finishing in second place.

Wreath raffle

Natalie DeGagne, with the special events committee for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, showed off some of the gorgeous wreathes that were up for grabs in the annual “Wreaths ‘n Things” raffle held at Rainycrest Long-Term Care here on Dec. 1-3.

Trip draw

Fort Frances’ Citizen of the Year Nick Wihnan pulled the winning name for the Kiwanis trip-of-the-month draw for December yesterday as club member Robin Wright looked on. Allyson Kyle of Portland, Ore. won a trip to Belize worth $5,000. Tickets now are on sale for the 2012 draws, which will kick off with January’s trip being to London, England worth $4,520.

Gift wrapping

Leading Seaman Larissa McKelvie, of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Fort Frances, offered up gift-wrapping along with fellow Leading Seaman Chelsea Barron during The Bargain Shop’s “Moonlight Madness” event last night. The pair are fundraising to travel overseas next spring—Barron to Belgium and France and McKelvie to Ireland—to learn about Canada’s role in WWI and WWII.

Mining update

Cathryn Moffett, aboriginal and public relations engagement specialist at Golder Associates, the environmental consultant hired by Osisko Hammond Reef Gold Ltd., gave an update on how the project near Atikokan is progressing yesterday during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s general membership meeting at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Kettle kick-off

Mayor Roy Avis, together with Capts. Angel and Marlene Sandoval and new Walmart manager Judy McLeod, kicked off the local Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign there yesterday. The kettles will be out at various locations around town from now until Dec. 24, with proceeds going to help district families this Christmas.

Shaving moustaches

David Black, of the “St. Francis Scruffians” team, along with Colin Drombolis of the opposing “Board Office Bearditos” crew, shaved off their moustaches in front of students at St. Francis this morning in celebration of the end of “Movember”—a moustache-growing campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, such as prostate cancer.

Job skills

Barb Duguay of the Valley Adult Learning Association, centre, led a group of Treaty #3 youth in an exercise about perception during yesterday’s day-long conference on building essential skills organized by the training and employment agency, Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong. About 80 youth from the Fort Frances area attended the conference, which took place at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Cool iPad

Grade 8 student Andrew Hanson tried out one of the 30 new iPads which arrived last Thursday at St. Francis School here as part of a pilot project by the Northwest Catholic District School Board to see how the technology can be integrated into the classrooms and curriculum.